Detoxification is certainly a buzz word in health circles, with everyone seeking out the latest detox strategy to remove harmful poisons that have built up in their physiology over time. These detox programs often include water fasts, juice cleanses, herbal kits, and more.
A very important part of the body that many don’t consider when looking to eliminate these toxins is their lymphatic system. This system is a complex drainage system that consists of glands, lymph nodes, the spleen, thymus gland, and tonsils. It’s primary role is to cleanse our cells by sweeping and absorbing excess fluids, fats, and toxins from our tissues into the blood so they can be escorted harmlessly out of the body through the liver and kidneys.
Unfortunately, like many other areas of our body the lymphatic system has become severely compromised primarily through a toxic burden that has accumulated but has not been released through this “sewage system”. This can happen for a number of reasons and when it does occur these drains become clogged and the cleansing action of the entire system becomes like a stagnant pond.
Signs of a clogged lymphatic system
So aside from unexplained lumps in various parts of the lymphatic system (like the neck and armpit areas), what symptoms could someone expect to endure with a ineffective lymphatic system? Here are a few of the main signs:
- Chronic fatigue
- Excess weight or cellulite
- Skin conditions
- Unexplained injuries
- Sinus infections
- Digestive disorders
Fortunately, getting this system moving and breaking up the congestion is not particularly complicated, although when it does, some people may feel nauseous due to toxins now being mobilized into their system for their detoxification organs to eliminate. Since a compromised lymphatic system will often indicate a sick liver as well, you need to be careful about how quickly you attempt to clean up this important system since it will rely on the liver as part of the detoxification process.
The easiest and most gentle things you can do in the beginning is light exercise, with special attention on using a rebounder (mini-trampoline) for 5-10 minutes a day. Since the lymphatic system doesn’t have its own pump (like the heart) it needs to be manually primed and rebounding is one of the easiest and effective ways to get that moving.
In addition to exercise, you can also look to alternative treatments as well, such as massage, acupuncture, and chiropractic. Each of these specialties will help mobilize and open up pathways to support the lymphatic system in the cleansing process, so as to not stress it too much as it initially handles a heavier burden of toxins.
Of course, there are several other ways to cleanse this system effectively, including foods, herbs, water, dry brushing, shower therapy, breathing exercises, and avoiding the things that put pressure on the lymphatic system in the first place.
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